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Thought-reading headset lets users speak their mind


By combining a wireless connected EEG headset from Emotiv and an assistive communication app, California-based Smartstones is bringing the power of speech to those who have difficulty communicating verbally. The “think to speak” technology works by reading the brainwaves of the user and expressing them as phrases spoken through the app.

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The GO wheelchair features made-to-measure 3D-printed seat and foot bay, and will launch during the Clerkenwell Design Week later this month

World’s first consumer 3D-printed wheelchair set to launch in London


Layer Design’s new product takes 3D printing’s unique ability to quickly provide tailored products and uses it to build a custom wheelchair with an attractive design. The design of the product, known as the GO wheelchair, is the result of research conducted with dozens of wheelchair users, as well as medical professionals, over a six-month period of information gathering.

Monkeys drive wheelchairs using only their thoughts


Neuroscientists at Duke Health have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) that allows primates to use only their thoughts to navigate a robotic wheelchair. The BMI uses signals from hundreds of neurons recorded simultaneously in two regions of the monkeys’ brains that are involved in movement and sensation.

Assistance dog changes lives for Palmerston North family


A Palmerston North family are hoping to pay it forward after realising the impact an assistance dog has had on their lives. Last year, after three years on a waiting list the family was given a black labrador assistance dog. They’re now trying to raise $20,000 to pay it forward to help another family with a disability.

New cochlear implant technology gives Deaf people a ‘new ear’


While remembering the cultural importance of sign language, it’s exciting to see the potential impact of technology to create access and participation. A young man from Lone Tree, Colorado, deaf since the age of 4, can now hear better than normal hearing people. That’s because he recently got the very latest technology in cochlear implants.